THEATER -- AUGUST 2019

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Black Girlz Productions

INFO: Black Girlz Productions presents Love Letters to the Black Man. The event will be curated by Shaneisha Dodson. We are currently seeking global submissions.This is non-paid. Writers will get credit for their work. Send monologues or an open letter to a black male. Word count max 350 words. Send submissions to blackgirlzproductions@gmail.com. Selected monologues will be read at a live event.

DEADLINE: August 1, 2019

https://www.blackgirlzproductions.com/single-post/2019/05/25/Seeking-Submission-Love-Letters-to-the-Black-Man

CALL FOR SUBMISSION: FULL-LENGTH PLAYS

Autry Museum of the American West

INFO: Native Voices accepts submissions of full-length plays (60+ pages) by Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations playwrights addressing all themes and topics - ALL YEAR LONG.

The Retreat and Festival bring artists to Los Angeles to work on 3–5 plays through a rigorous directorial and dramaturgical commitment for 10 days in May/June. The retreat culminates in public presentations of the plays at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles and La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego. Selected playwrights receive directorial and dramaturgical support as well as an honorarium; out-of-town artists receive roundtrip airfare plus lodging in Southern California.

Full-length plays (60+ pages) will be read and evaluated. A select number of playwrights will be invited to submit formal proposals detailing their developmental goals should their play be chosen for the shortlist. Scripts will then be sent to a committee of nationally recognized theatre artists for further evaluation. With their help, Native Voices selects up to five plays for the Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays. Playwrights will be notified in January 2020.

DEADLINE: August 5, 2019

https://theautry.org/events/signature-programs/native-voices/native-voices-annual-call-scripts-2019-2020

 

2020-21 Playwrights’ Group

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts 

INFO: The Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company is opening the application process for Year 2 of the Playwrights’ Group, a writing circle for Colorado-based playwrights. The four selected playwrights will receive a stipend of $2,500 and join the Group for a one-year term. Each playwright will also receive two table-reads as part of the process. To apply for membership in the Playwrights’ Group, please carefully read the guidelines listed below, fill out the required fields and upload your writing sample and letter of intent at the bottom of this page. We will send you a confirmation email to verify that we have received your application.

DEADLINE: August 15, 2019  

https://dcpa.formstack.com/forms/playwrights_group_application_2019

The Crossroads Project: Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative

Illinois State University

INFO: The Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative welcomes submissions for full-length, unproduced plays by playwrights of color in accordance with the mission statement of the Crossroads Project (see below). A diverse panel of judges comprising faculty members and students will select one playwright as the winner of the contest.

The winning playwright will receive:

  • An award of $500.

  • An invitation to Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal, IL for a one-week new play development workshop, culminating in a public staged reading. The playwright may also be invited to offer guest lectures/colloquia. The Crossroads Project will cover costs for travel, housing, and meals during the workshop.

To be eligible to win the contest, a playwright must be available for a one-week workshop in late March 2020 (exact dates TBD). The playwright must also be residing in the United States in the spring of 2020.

DEADLINE: August 15, 2019

https://finearts.illinoisstate.edu/crossroads-project/

MELANATED MONDAYS

Black Revolutionary Theatre Workshop

INFO: Melanated Mondays, a workshop variety theatrical experience followed by a roundtable discussion, is a monthly event that brings the Black experience to a theme. August's theme is "Climate Change."

Black Revolutionary Theatre workshop is happy to invite playwrights to submit short (no more than 10-15 minutes) pieces featuring an all-Black cast on the theme of climate change. August's event has up to 3 slots available to emerging playwrights and will provide a small honorarium to selected participants.

Submit your piece with an artist bio and link to your website (if available) by emailing admin@thebrtw.org today. 

https://mailchi.mp/0ad8e628fd0c/nqgr4xhjsg-1892629?e=e6d8f358f4

THEATER -- JULY 2019

Native Voices at the Autry Call for Scripts 2019–2020

The Autry Museum of the American West

SHORT PLAYS
Short plays submitted by July 1, 2019 will be considered for Native Voices’ 9th Annual Short Play Festival, to take place in November 2019 at the American Indian Arts Marketplace at the Autry in Los Angeles. Read more about the theme for the Short Play Festival below.

BONES, BINGO & BLACKJACK!

The 9th Annual Short Play Festival

Whet your appetite for clever, funny, dramatic, and thoughtful 10-minute scripts. Indian gaming has served many roles and goes back to ancient times when the winning bet could be life or death. It’s brought both prosperity and problems to the REZ in modern times. What’s your story?

Short plays are fun.  Tell us the stories you like best.  Make the audience laugh or cry - but make them feel something! Many short plays go on to become full-length scripts.  

Native Voices invites playwrights to answer the question: “What has gaming done for you lately?” Plays can be fun-spirited or political, funny or dramatic.

Some ideas to spark the imagination are:

  • Throwing bones - games of life and death

  • Bingo big and small

  • Casinos

  • Casinos and the Mob!

  • Per Cap

  • Wealth

  • Distribution of wealth!

  • Economic Development

  • Self-sufficiency

  • Promoting robust tribal governments

  • Tribes as the primary beneficiaries of gaming activities

  • Impact on local tribes

  • What happens at Indian Gaming and Tradeshow Conventions stays at Indian Gaming and Tradeshow Conventions!

  • National Indian Gaming Association

Scripts that are longer than 15 pages or read aloud at longer than 10 minutes will not be accepted. Fresh, surprising perspectives are welcome, and unique theatricality is a must.

Selection Process: Short plays (15 page maximum) that are related to the theme and are received by July 1, 2019 will be read and evaluated by a national reading panel comprised of Native American theatre artists and community members along with nationally-recognized theatre artists. The panel will select 5 to 8 plays for the festival based on the creative use of the theme, originality, theatricality, structure, and execution.

Selected plays will be given a staged reading on November 10, 2019, as part of the Autry Museum of the American West’s American Indian Arts Marketplace.  A panel of judges will select the 2019 Von Marie Atchley Award for Excellence in Playwriting, a $1,000 cash prize!

Plays must be submitted using our online submission form and in the correct format. Please see our “Checklist for All Submissions” below for further details.

DEADLINE: July 1, 2019

FULL-LENGTH PLAYS

Native Voices accepts submissions of full-length plays (60+ pages) by Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations playwrights addressing all themes and topics - ALL YEAR LONG.

To be considered for the 2020 Playwrights Retreat and 26th Festival of New Plays we ask that you please submit by August 5, 2019.

The Retreat and Festival bring artists to Los Angeles to work on 3–5 plays through a rigorous directorial and dramaturgical commitment for 10 days in May/June. The retreat culminates in public presentations of the plays at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles and La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego. Selected playwrights receive directorial and dramaturgical support as well as an honorarium; out-of-town artists receive roundtrip airfare plus lodging in Southern California.

Selection Process: Full-length plays (60+ pages) received by August 5, 2019, will be read and evaluated. A select number of playwrights will be invited to submit formal proposals detailing their developmental goals should their play be chosen for the shortlist. Scripts will then be sent to a committee of nationally recognized theatre artists for further evaluation. With their help, Native Voices selects up to five plays for the Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays. Playwrights will be notified in January 2020.

*Missed one of the deadlines listed above? Don’t worry! Native Voices accepts scripts all year long. The deadlines listed are for the Short Play Festival and Retreat & Festival development opportunities. We have numerous other workshop and reading slots both here at the Autry and with partnering organizations. So, go ahead and submit!

DEADLINE: August 5, 2019

https://theautry.org/events/signature-programs/native-voices/native-voices-annual-call-scripts-2019-2020

THEATER -- JUNE 2019

Narrative Prize

Narrative

INFO: The Narrative Prize is awarded annually for the best short story, novel excerpt, poem, one-act play, graphic story, or work of literary nonfiction published by a new or emerging writer in Narrative.

The winner is announced each September, and the prize is awarded in October. The award, citing the winner’s name and the title and genre of the winning piece, is widely publicized, and each winner is cited in an ongoing listing in Narrative. The prize will be given to the best work published each year in Narrative by a new or emerging writer, as judged by the magazine’s editors. In some years, the prize may be divided between winners, when more than one work merits the award.

AWARD: $4,000

DEADLINE: June 15, 2019

https://www.narrativemagazine.com/node/421?uid=103566&m=1e32f865664fcc3ea1affc353d055dc6&d=1559323196

Native Voices at the Autry

Autry Museum of the American West

INFO: Please note that we only accept submissions written for the stage or theater by Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations playwrights.

  • SHORT PLAYS: Short plays submitted by June 17, 2019 will be considered for Native Voices’ 9th Annual Short Play Festival, to take place in November 2019 at the American Indian Arts Marketplace at the Autry in Los Angeles. Read more about the theme for the Short Play Festival below.

  • BONES, BINGO & BLACKJACK!: The 9th Annual Short Play Festival. Whet your appetite for clever, funny, dramatic, and thoughtful 10-minute scripts. Indian gaming has served many roles and goes back to ancient times when the winning bet could be life or death. It’s brought both prosperity and problems to the REZ in modern times. What’s your story? Short plays are fun. Tell us the stories you like best. Make the audience laugh or cry - but make them feel something! Many short plays go on to become full-length scripts. Native Voices invites playwrights to answer the question: “What has gaming done for you lately?” Plays can be fun-spirited or political, funny or dramatic.

Scripts that are longer than 15 pages or read aloud at longer than 10 minutes will not be accepted. Fresh, surprising perspectives are welcome, and unique theatricality is a must.

Selection Process: Short plays (15 page maximum) that are related to the theme and are received by June 17th, 2019 will be read and evaluated by a national reading panel comprised of Native American theatre artists and community members along with nationally-recognized theatre artists. The panel will select 5 to 8 plays for the festival based on the creative use of the theme, originality, theatricality, structure, and execution.

Selected plays will be given a staged reading on November 10, 2019, as part of the Autry Museum of the American West’s American Indian Arts Marketplace. A panel of judges will select the 2019 Von Marie Atchley Award for Excellence in Playwriting, a $1,000 cash prize!

DEADLINE: June 17, 2019

https://theautry.org/events/signature-programs/native-voices/annual-call-scripts

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Green Inn

INFO: We are seeking short stories, essays, poetry, and plays to be compiled in a bound book focused on the idea that rest and leisure is revolutionary.

We are looking for a wide range of voices from the black community. All proceeds will support the inaugural cohort of The Green Inn & Artist Residency, opening in 2021.

https://www.thegreeninn.org/submissions?fbclid=IwAR2QQ6MxfGElLwx_3VezjTONltdTzwp9WllLYcBBlrgnB5nKfR2fX5SrSaM

THEATER -- MAY 2019

INGENIO Milagro 2019 Call for Submissions

INFO: Through INGENIO, Milagro seeks to create a space where Latina/o playwrights can develop their plays in a safe, supportive environment with mentors and artists to whom they can relate. INGENIO serves as an intrinsic step in the creation of new full-length theatrical works. Rehearsals and workshops culminate in concert-style readings and feedback sessions with audiences of theatre professionals and members of the public. Playwrights are strongly encouraged to be available to attend in person.

Submissions are being accepted for INGENIO Milagro 2019, to take place September 15 – 22, 2019. Four plays will be selected, assigned directors and actors, rehearsed, and presented in concert-style readings over three days.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • Open to all Latina/o-identified playwrights

  • Original full-length plays, at least 70 minutes and no more than two hours in length

  • Plays can be in English, Spanish, or bilingual

  • Plays with over eight actors will require doubling; playwrights are asked to provide preferred casting breakdown

  • Chamber musicals will be considered

  • Published plays and those that have received, or are scheduled to receive, a full professional production are not eligible

  • Previously submitted plays that have received rewrites are welcome

TO SUBMIT:

  • Scripts must be in PDF format and should follow the Dramatist Guild’s of America Traditional or Modern play format. Other than the cover page, the script shall have no identifying information about the playwright.

  • Include playwright’s biography (90 words/~580 characters), play synopsis (150 words/~975 characters), and play’s development history, if applicable.

DEADLINE: May 15, 2019

https://milagro.org/ingenio-milagro-2019-call-for-submissions/?fbclid=IwAR3tcpzsNrlxP2C5cPfEoNoKxbSK7_QGtNP1nSeZiA9xouIdoh1GuWsQwYk

2020 Alice Judson Hayes Fellowship

INFO: This application is exclusively for the Alice Judson Hayes Writing Fellowship. Applicants interested in applying for 2020 residency opportunities must also apply under the "2020 Residencies" category.

The Alice Judson Hayes Writing Fellowship is an annual award in memory of Alice Hayes, who created the Ragdale Foundation in what had been her family home. All her life she was committed to working for a just and peaceful world. An 18- or 25-day residency, free of charge, and a $500 stipend will be given to a writer who is working on a project designed to bring awareness to a contemporary issue having to do with peace, social justice, education, or the environment. Projects can be nonfiction or fiction (including journalism, essays, memoir, script-writing, creative nonfiction). No academic writing.

Application deadline is May 15, 2018. Applications are submitted through the Submittable online portal for the Alice Judson Hayes Fellowship, a category separate from the regular application deadline. Notification is in September 2019, with the residency taking place during 2020.

ELIGIBILITY: One Alice Judson Hayes Fellowship is awarded annually. Ragdale encourages applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics, and to that end, emerging as well as established artists are invited to apply. While there are no publication, exhibition or performance requirements for application, applicants should be working at the professional level in their fields.

Ragdale encourages artists of all backgrounds to apply, and does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of age, disability, gender, origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

DEADLINE: May 15, 2019

https://ragdale.submittable.com/submit/137680/2020-alice-judson-hayes-fellowship

THEATER -- APRIL 2019

CALL FOR SCRIPT SUBMISSIONS

Fade to Black

TO QUALIFY:

1.  You must be the sole African-American author of the submitted work.

2.  Playwright must publically and openly identify themselves as African-American, Black, or of the African diaspora.

3.  Previously published or produced work by the author or theatre/company is not allowed (See definitions below).

4.  Play must run no longer than 8-10 minutes long on stage. (Consider conducting an informal reading to ensure).

5.  Play should accommodate a “bare-stage” set requiring only a minimum of removable stage props and require basic lighting and sound cues.

6.  Play must not be a musical.

7.  Play must not be written for children or youth.

8.  Play must not contain characters that are under 17 years old.

9.  Play must not be a re-submission of previous Fade To Black play festival seasons.

10.   Play must not be considered a translation or adaptation.

11.   Play must not be a film. Screenplays will not be accepted.

12.   Play should be "stand-alone", a separate body of work that has not been extracted from a larger, previously written play.

13.   Author must be at least 18 years of age.

14.   Play must be submitted in a PDF format. 

DEFINITIONS:
"Produced” - Your play was marketed for production date(s) by either you (its playwright) or a theatre company and was performed before an audience who purchased tickets to see the event.

"Published" - Your play is an officially published work and commands royalties from the producing theater each time it is performed.

Staged readings (formal or informal) are not considered productions. If your play has only had public or private readings but has not been produced as a full-scale stage performance, you are permitted to submit the play.

PRIZE: $100

SUBMISSION FEE: $0 

DEADLINE: April 1, 2019 

https://monologuebank.submittable.com/submit/75ef900d-f987-4e0f-801d-934965b19f69/fade-to-black-play-festival-2019

LIBERATION THEATRE COMPANY WRITING RESIDENCY PROGRAM 2019 - 2020 

INFO: Liberation Theatre Company (LTC) for our third year, is proud to announce Writing Residency Program 2019 – 2020 (supported by NYSCA and The Left Tilt Fund); furthers our commitment to the development of new Black playwrights for the American theatre.

The Writing Residency Program will select four early-career playwrights and provide them with dramaturgical and professional support over a ten-month period, during which time they will each be required to complete a new full-length play. 

Beginning in May 2019, selected playwrights will attend monthly group meetings to share and refine their works-in-progress in a collaborative, energized setting; meet individually with LTC’s Artistic Director and staff who will provide additional support for their artistic needs, concerns and process; and have the resources of a director and professional actors during a table reading as their play begins to take shape. 

Additionally, through connections with the larger New York City theatrical community, LTC will provide access to theatre tickets (when available) and seek to support, inspire, and assist playwrights in any way a small and dedicated company can. 

The Residency will conclude in February 2020 with public readings of each playwright’s finished play. Upon successful completion of the program, each playwright will receive an honorarium.  

Eligibility

To be considered for the Writing Residency Program all applicants must be a) residents of New York City at the time of participation (May 2019 – February 2020). b) Applicants must have written at least two full-length plays or three one-act plays. c) The applicant must not have received a production of any of their work that was more developed than a Showcase presentation under the Actors’ Equity Association production code.  

Application Submission Procedure

To be considered for the 2019 - 2020 Writing Residency Program, Liberation Theatre Company will only accept submissions via this online form. If you have questions about the program or the application process, please email: info@liberationtheatrecompany.org.

The following materials must be uploaded and submitted in PDF or DOCX form. Make sure that all documents are properly labeled with your name. 

  1. Completed Online Application Form 

  2. Letter of Intent. This should be limited to 1,000 words and address all of the following points:

    • Your writing career thus far and where you feel you are in your creative and professional life.

    • Your career goals and how you will use the Residency to further those goals.

    • Briefly describe the play you will complete over the 10-month program. 

    • Why you feel ready for a rigorous residency such as this. 

    • Have you participated in a residency/fellowship before? If so, describe your experience.

    • Anything else you think may be relevant.

   3. A 10-page Work Sample that best represents you as a playwright
   4. The full script from which you selected your 10-page work sample
   5. Your playwriting resume (not a bio). Please include one personal or professional reference, with the person’s title or institutional affiliation, phone number and email address. (Referrer must be someone familiar with you and your work.)

DEADLINE: April 1, 2019

liberationtheatrecompany.submittable.com/submit/5c907b4a-3660-476a-8ac0-e896f892b304/liberation-theatre-company-writing-residency-program-2019-2020?fbclid=IwAR3YxmKOdsQ6fr-lWocl8eRNN5MRWdvGjeVzq5gc-ac1PvMHpTNswCzEE24

CALL FOR SUBMISSION: FEMALE-IDENTIFYING PLAYWRIGHTS

The Parsnip Ship

INFO: The Parsnip Ship is always looking for new plays and new voices and for Season Five, we are specifically looking for plays exclusively written by female-identifying playwrights. As we believe there are as many distinctive styles and voices as there are playwrights, we remain open to a wide range of plays that will engage audiences in an intimate setting and on a podcast format. We see our recordings as a fun collaborative effort among us, the playwright, the directors, musicians and the actors!

Before you send in your play for consideration, please either attend a live episode recording or take a listen to one of our episodes and read our FAQs on submissions. If you have any other questions or concerns, please email submissions@theparsnipship.com

DEADLINE: April 21, 2019

https://www.theparsnipship.com/apply?mc_cid=b5d636e2c6&mc_eid=ada85fdd4e


BETHANY ARTS CENTER RESIDENCY

INFO: Bethany Arts Community offers residencies to emerging and established artists for the development of both new works and works in progress. Bethany welcomes artists working across most disciplines, including visual artists in any medium, writers, playwrights, choreographers, musicians, composers, performance artists, filmmakers, and lighting, projection, costume and sound designers. Enjoy an environment where artists from different disciplines can work near each other, creating opportunities for cross-pollination.

Artists may apply for residencies of 1-4 weeks during the Fall session: September 15 - October 26

ELIGIBILITY: Successful applicants are typically mid-career or established artists. However, emerging artists who believe their work is of exceptional merit are eligible as well. We accept applications from individual artists and small groups of up to 4 members.

Bethany residencies come with two important requirements: 
(1) All residents must attend shared evening meals with their fellow artists. 
(2) All residencies must include a public component accessible to the outside community. This may include open studio visits, presentations, teaching a class/workshop, works-in-progress showing, exhibition, or other outreach or community engagement project. Bethany will work with you to schedule and craft your public component.
You must be at least 21 years old to apply. You may only apply to one subsidized residency program at BAC per year.

Applications are reviewed by a panel of staff and working artists.
All of BAC’s programs, activities, and services are provided equally without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

Bethany Arts Community consists of a 44,000 sq ft building situated on 25 verdant acres with both sprawling lawns, orchard, and wooded trails. The wooded trail includes numerous outdoor spaces suitable for developing works, presentation, or installations. The building includes dance studios, galleries, a former-chapel performance venue, and numerous nooks and crannies waiting to be activated by you!

Artists receive:
- comfortable housing in single dorms on BAC’s top floor (groups may be housed in dorms or shared apartments)
- 3 meals/day;
- assigned studio spaces, if desired; 
- access to BAC’s varied facilities;
- stipend of $150 per week per artist.

Residents will be responsible for the cost of travel, materials, and any additional labor needs.

Artists are also encouraged to consider ways to work in and with BAC’s expansive grounds and our diverse local community. Bethany is proud to be in a Town where over half the population are people of color and recent immigrants. 

IMPORTANT DATES:

·         Deadline: April 30, 2019

·         Notifications: May15, 2019 

https://bethanyarts.org/residencies/#call-for-entries

 

THE BELLAGIO CENTER ARTS & LITERARY ARTS RESIDENCY

INFO: The Bellagio Arts & Literary Arts residency is for composers, fiction and non-fiction writers, playwrights, poets, video/filmmakers, dancers, musicians, and visual artists who share in the Foundation’s mission of promoting the well-being of humankind and whose work is inspired by or relates to global or social issues. The residency is for artists seeking time for disciplined work, reflection, and collegial engagement with a diverse community of academics, practitioners, and artists.

The Center has a strong interest in proposals that align with The Rockefeller Foundation’s efforts to promote the well-being of humanity, particularly through issues that have a direct impact on the lives of poor and vulnerable populations around the world. These issues include but are not limited to health, economic opportunity, urban resilience, as well as food and agriculture.

To most effectively integrate the important voice of the arts throughout residency cohorts at the Bellagio Center, we are now holding one annual open call for residencies. The program will continue to welcome the same volume of high caliber artists to Bellagio, reinforcing the Foundation’s commitment to the arts and demonstrating its perspective that the arts are integral to the discourse around complex global challenges and critical to the well-being of humanity.

To further strengthen the reach of the program and ensure high geographic and disciplinary diversity among residents, we are also working with a range of new arts organizations to surface promising candidates. We have established outreach collaborations with four organizations: Khoj International Artists’ Association in Delhi, Fundacion Jumex in Mexico City, Africa Centre in Cape Town, and United States Artists in Chicago. These collaborations will extend our networks to attract a greater number of geographically diverse, highly distinguished artists working in Asia, Latin America, Africa and the United States. 

DEADLINE: May 1, 2019 

rockefellerfoundation.org/our-work/bellagio-center/residency-program/arts-literary-arts-residency/

THEATER -- MARCH 2019

Artist Cultivation Project

Black Revolutionary Theatre Workshop 

INFO: BRTW exists to investigate, interrogate, and change the status quo as it marginalizes Black people worldwide. With economic, social, educational, healthcare, housing, and political injustice facing our community, BRTW aims to tackle the issues that impact us while becoming a beacon for Black opportunity within the arts. 

BRTW is focusing on expansion over the next year. We'd like to develop a database of passionate emerging to mid-career artists who feel as strongly as we do about representing people of color's stories and experiences, using the arts as a tool of social change, and shaking up the theatre industry! If you're interested in potentially working with us, this is the best way to get on our radar.

Please fill out this form as completely as you can.

docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfad1vnzmy0_A5MdYzgv6lBlOigY6LqWtxVWKxIsrDr-Ph5eA/viewform

  

THE KEROUAC PROJECT

INFO: The Kerouac Project provides four residencies a year to writers of any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world. In the past we have accepted writers with no formal writing education alongside those with MFA’s and impressive résumés. You will be judged on the quality of the writing sample you submit. Each residency consists of approximately a three month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. Utilities and a food stipend of $1,000 are included. As writer-in-residence, all you are required to do is live in the Kerouac House during your residency, work on your writing project, and participate in two events—a Welcome Potluck dinner for you, and a Final Reading of your work at the Kerouac House at the end of your residency. Should you desire them, the Kerouac Project can also offer opportunities for you to participate in other readings, lead workshops, and interact in other ways with the vibrant Central Florida literary community.

Residency Slots

Fall 2019: September 1 through November 21, 2019
Winter 2019–2020: December 1, 2019, through February 20, 2020
Spring 2020: March 1 through May 22, 2020
Summer 2020: June 1 through August 21, 2020

At the time you submit your application you will be asked which residency time slot(s) you prefer or are available for. Or you can just indicate ‘any’ if you have no specific time slot preference.

The Application Process:

You will be required to select a category into which your submission fits. The categories are: Poetry, Play, Screenplay, Fiction/Short Story, and Nonfiction. Your writing sample must match the category. So, for example, if you are applying in the fiction category, your writing sample must only be a fiction sample. You cannot include some fiction and some poems you may have written. You are allowed one submission per category. This means you can submit to more than one category if you wish to do so. However, each submission is separate and you must complete the whole application process again for each submission.  

We require a standard format for all prose submissions, fiction and nonfiction. The format is:

  • 10 pages in length.

  • 1-inch page margins.

  • 1.5 line spacing.

  • Text must be in a 12-point serif font, (preferably Times New Roman as its compact structure allows you the maximum number of words per page). 

Those submitting poetry, a play, or screenplay, may continue to follow the genre conventions in their submissions, though your writing sample must also be limited to 10-pages in length.

APPLICATION FEE: $35  

DEADLINE: March 10, 2019 

kerouacproject.org/submissions/

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: MUSICALS

Live & In Color 

INFO: Live & In Color is looking for playwrights, composers, and lyricists of color interested in developing their new musical or play. The work must be able to be performed with a multiethnic cast. 

The winning musical submission will have a two-week workshop this fall at The Bingham Camp in Salem, Connecticut culminating in a staged presentation to an invited audience. 

The winning play submission will have a one-week development period this fall at The Bingham Camp in Salem, Connecticut culminating in a reading for an invited audience. 

The musical must be able to be performed with no more than 8 actors. 

All submissions should include:

·       Single page synopsis

·       Single page character breakdown

·       Demo of score (2-3 songs)

·       Sample of dialogue (5-10 pages)

·       Brief production/development history (properties with prior full productions not accepted.)

The play must be able to be performed with no more than 5 actors. 

All submissions should include:

·       Single page synopsis

·       Single page character breakdown

·       Script sample (10-20 pages)

·       Brief production/development history (properties with prior full productions not accepted.)

DEADLINE: March 15, 2019

theatreincolor.org/submissions/

 

2050 ADMINISTRATIVE FELLOWSHIPS

New York Theatre Workshop

INFO: NYTW is proud to announce the 2019/20 Season 2050 Administrative Fellowship program—a sister program to our successful 2050 Artistic Fellowship, which supports emerging playwrights and directors. Replacing our current internship program, the new fellowship represents one of several NYTW initiatives to address the economic barriers that may prevent talented individuals from pursuing careers in the theatre. 

For 20 years, NYTW has honed an inclusive fellowship program for emerging theatre makers with a multiplicity of perspectives. These fellowships have taken many forms, supporting playwrights, directors, designers and administrators.

The 2050 Fellowship is named in celebration of the U.S. Census Bureau’s projection that by the year 2050, there will be no single racial or ethnic majority in the United States. This projection provokes thoughts at New York Theatre Workshop about the transformations that will take place in the American landscape – technologically, environmentally, demographically and artistically. They are a catalyst for broader questions about our moral and artistic future.

We’re seeking enthusiastic candidates who are underrepresented in theatre administration. We encourage applicants with a unique perspective inclusive of race, color, religion, familial status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age and physical ability to apply. We are committed to diversity in all areas of our work, on and off stage. NYTW is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE), and all qualified applications will receive consideration. 

The second fellowship program will run from July 2019 through June 2020.

The 2050 Administrative Fellowship Program is made possible with funds from the Theater Subdistrict Council, LDC, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, American Express Philanthropy, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

As a 2050 Administrative Fellow, you will:

  •  Commit to a year-long paid part-time fellowship in one field of interest including Artistic Workshop, Casting, Community Engagement, Development, Education, Executive, Finance & Operations, Literary, Marketing, Producing and Production (Production Management, Technical Direction or Costume Shop Management).

  •  Work directly with the department head and their team in the respective area of focus.

  •  Attend a three-day intensive seminar where you will be introduced to the field of arts administration, meet industry professionals, and begin to develop your fellowship goals and plans. 

  • Take on significant responsibilities in your department, including day-to-day tasks and long-term collaborative and individual projects. 

  • Participate in monthly seminar meetings to discuss your work, share ideas and receive specialized career-development training.

  • Participate in brown bag lunches with members of the NYTW staff and invited guests and attend industry networking and social events.

  • Present your work and experiences to staff and members of the NYTW extended community at an end-of-the-season fellows’ symposium.

DEADLINE: March 15, 2019 (by 5pm EST)

nytw.org/education/2050-admin-fellowships/

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Sewanee Writers’ Conference

INFO: We are now accepting applications to the 2019 Sewanee Writers’ Conference! The Conference dates are July 16-28. Faculty will give readings and provide instruction and criticism through workshops and craft lectures, as well as meet individually with participants to discuss their manuscripts. The Conference will offer five fiction workshops, four poetry workshops, a playwriting workshop, and a supplemental poetry translation workshop. An admirable lineup of visiting editors, publishers, and agents will also attend.

This year’s faculty includes fiction writers Jeffery Renard Allen, Tony Earley, Adrianne Harun, Randall Kenan, Michael Knight, Bobbie Ann Mason, Jill McCorkle, Tim O’Brien, Christine Schutt, and Steve Yarbrough; and poets B.H. Fairchild, Robert Hass, Mark Jarman, Maurice Manning, Marilyn Nelson, Mary Jo Salter, A.E. Stallings, and Sidney Wade. Naomi Iizuka and Dan O’Brien will lead the playwriting workshop. Charles Martin, A.E. Stallings, and N.S. Thompson will offer a supplemental poetry translation workshop, and Charles Martin, Alice McDermott, and Wyatt Prunty will read from their work. 

The Conference is held on the campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Thanks to the generosity of the Walter E. Dakin Memorial Fund, supported by the estate of Tennessee Williams, contributors receive assistance covering two-thirds of the actual cost to attend. Additional funding is awarded to fellows and scholars.

APPLICATION FEE: $0

DEADLINE: March 20, 2019

sewaneewritersconference.submittable.com/submit

 

New Play Submissions

Pistarckle Theater, Inc.

INFO: The focus of The Pistarckle Theater, Inc. New Works initiative is two fold; 1) To develop new dramatic works of any genre or content by Playwrights that live in or have lived in The United States Virgin Islands and/or 2) To develop new works with themes, characters and issues that are related to or that highlight United States Virgin Islands and/or Caribbean history, culture, values, obstacles, accomplishments, etc. Submissions that do not fit into either category 1 or 2 will not be reviewed. Playwrights may submit multiple entries for consideration. The work being submitted for consideration must have never had full production. The work being submitted must either be new with no previous public exposure or have had only a staged reading with no production value. Plays that have had staged readings and are of interest to the committee will receive additional inquiry about the public presentation history. After review of this synopsis form, if the committee is interested in your play, you will be provided contact information and instructions for submission of the full work or an excerpt. Thank you and we look forward to reading your work!

DEADLINE: March 30, 2019

surveymonkey.com/r/WF6L9KZ

 

CALL FOR SCRIPT SUBMISSIONS

Fade to Black


TO QUALIFY:

1.  You must be the sole African-American author of the submitted work.

2.  Playwright must publically and openly identify themselves as African-American, Black, or of the African diaspora.

3.  Previously published or produced work by the author or theatre/company is not allowed (See definitions below).

4.  Play must run no longer than 8-10 minutes long on stage. (Consider conducting an informal reading to ensure).

5.  Play should accommodate a “bare-stage” set requiring only a minimum of removable stage props and require basic lighting and sound cues.

6.  Play must not be a musical.

7.  Play must not be written for children or youth.

8.  Play must not contain characters that are under 17 years old.

9.  Play must not be a re-submission of previous Fade To Black play festival seasons.

10.   Play must not be considered a translation or adaptation.

11.   Play must not be a film. Screenplays will not be accepted.

12.   Play should be "stand-alone", a separate body of work that has not been extracted from a larger, previously written play.

13.   Author must be at least 18 years of age.

14.   Play must be submitted in a PDF format. 

DEFINITIONS:
"Produced” - Your play was marketed for production date(s) by either you (its playwright) or a theatre company and was performed before an audience who purchased tickets to see the event.

"Published" - Your play is an officially published work and commands royalties from the producing theater each time it is performed.

Staged readings (formal or informal) are not considered productions. If your play has only had public or private readings but has not been produced as a full-scale stage performance, you are permitted to submit the play.

PRIZE: $100

SUBMISSION FEE: $0 

DEADLINE: April 1, 2019 

https://monologuebank.submittable.com/submit/75ef900d-f987-4e0f-801d-934965b19f69/fade-to-black-play-festival-2019

Liberation Theatre Company Writing Residency Program 2019 - 2020 

INFO: Liberation Theatre Company (LTC) for our third year, is proud to announce Writing Residency Program 2019 – 2020 (supported by NYSCA and The Left Tilt Fund); furthers our commitment to the development of new Black playwrights for the American theatre.

The Writing Residency Program will select four early-career playwrights and provide them with dramaturgical and professional support over a ten-month period, during which time they will each be required to complete a new full-length play. 

Beginning in May 2019, selected playwrights will attend monthly group meetings to share and refine their works-in-progress in a collaborative, energized setting; meet individually with LTC’s Artistic Director and staff who will provide additional support for their artistic needs, concerns and process; and have the resources of a director and professional actors during a table reading as their play begins to take shape. 

Additionally, through connections with the larger New York City theatrical community, LTC will provide access to theatre tickets (when available) and seek to support, inspire, and assist playwrights in any way a small and dedicated company can. 

The Residency will conclude in February 2020 with public readings of each playwright’s finished play. Upon successful completion of the program, each playwright will receive an honorarium.  

Eligibility

To be considered for the Writing Residency Program all applicants must be a) residents of New York City at the time of participation (May 2019 – February 2020). b) Applicants must have written at least two full-length plays or three one-act plays. c) The applicant must not have received a production of any of their work that was more developed than a Showcase presentation under the Actors’ Equity Association production code.  

Application Submission Procedure

To be considered for the 2019 - 2020 Writing Residency Program, Liberation Theatre Company will only accept submissions via this online form. If you have questions about the program or the application process, please email: info@liberationtheatrecompany.org.

The following materials must be uploaded and submitted in PDF or DOCX form. Make sure that all documents are properly labeled with your name. 

  1. Completed Online Application Form 

  2. Letter of Intent. This should be limited to 1,000 words and address all of the following points:

    • Your writing career thus far and where you feel you are in your creative and professional life.

    • Your career goals and how you will use the Residency to further those goals.

    • Briefly describe the play you will complete over the 10-month program. 

    • Why you feel ready for a rigorous residency such as this. 

    • Have you participated in a residency/fellowship before? If so, describe your experience.

    • Anything else you think may be relevant.

   3. A 10-page Work Sample that best represents you as a playwright
   4. The full script from which you selected your 10-page work sample
   5. Your playwriting resume (not a bio). Please include one personal or professional reference, with the person’s title or institutional affiliation, phone number and email address. (Referrer must be someone familiar with you and your work.)

DEADLINE: April 1, 2019

liberationtheatrecompany.submittable.com/submit/5c907b4a-3660-476a-8ac0-e896f892b304/liberation-theatre-company-writing-residency-program-2019-2020?fbclid=IwAR3YxmKOdsQ6fr-lWocl8eRNN5MRWdvGjeVzq5gc-ac1PvMHpTNswCzEE24

THEATRE -- FEBRUARY 2019

NUWORKS 2019! CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!

Pan Asian Repertory

INFO: PAN ASIAN REPERTORY THEATRE is now accepting submissions for our 2019 NUWORKS performance series, June 25–30, 2019, in Manhattan.

NUWORKS presents new work from emerging artists who explore different genres and techniques. We seek a diversity of voices; submission does not have to reflect contemporary Asian American themes. PAN ASIAN REP will provide artist stipend, rehearsal and performance space, and social media marketing/PR.  

GUIDELINES:

* New work (solo or duo show preferred) that is rehearsed and ready-to-perform. Works in development/Works-in-progress will be accepted. N.B., there is only one rehearsal in May/June.

* Work can be any style (comedy, drama, musical, dance, experimental, etc.) at 15-45 minutes in length.

* Work previously not presented in New York City preferred.

* Shows should have few set elements, provide own props and costumes, and be low tech and high quality in content.  

IMPORTANT DATES:  

  • Deadline: Friday, February 22, 2019

  • Notification: Thursday, March 28, 2019

https://www.panasianrep.org/pan-asian-rep-event/2019/1/22/nuworks-2019

THE 2019-2020 U.S.-JAPAN CREATIVE ARTISTS FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Japan-United States Friendship Commission

INFO: The Japan U.S. Friendship Commission offers leading contemporary and traditional artists from the United States the opportunity to spend three to five months in Japan through the U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program.  Artists go as seekers, as cultural visionaries, and as living liaisons to the traditional and contemporary cultural life of Japan.  They also go as connectors who share knowledge and bring back knowledge. Their interaction with the Japanese public and the outlook they bring home provide exceptional opportunities to promote cultural understanding between the United States and Japan.

JUSFC and NEA will support and select up to five collaborative projects of U.S.-Japan artists representative of diverse genres and regions of both countries.  The 2019-20 program is only for collaborative pairs, and not for individual artists. Alumni of the U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program are encouraged to apply. Please refer to How to Apply for detailed instructions. This is a special, modified program in 2019-2020.

GRANT AWARD:

  • Each collaborative team will receive a $25,000 fellowship award and up to $2,500 for one round trip airline ticket between the United States and Japan.

  • The collaborative team will have one year (July 1, 2019-July 1, 2020) to complete their project. The award may be used for any expenses directly related to the project, including, but not limited to living expenses in Japan, cost of project materials etc.

  • The artists must complete a collaborative work incorporating the vision of the Olympic and Paralympic games to present in Tokyo during the Games in 2020.

  • The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission will collaborate with public and private sector organizations in and around Tokyo to host performances and presentations of the artists’ works.

  • Exhibition sites will be selected depending on the specific project.

REVIEW CRITERIA & SELECTION PROCESS:

The U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program is extremely competitive; only up to five artists will be  selected for travel to Japan.  In 2019-2020 applicants should anticipate a highly rigorous review of their artistry and should have compelling reasons for wanting to create a captivating piece of art, in collaboration with a Japanese colleague, for the Olympic and Paralympic games. Their work must exemplify the best in U.S. and Japanese arts. Generally, this means that only those artists who have demonstrated expertise and established professional recognition (e.g. awards, featured shows, publications, etc.) in their field either regionally or nationally or who have shown truly exceptional promise at the local level are likely to be competitive. Proficiency in the Japanese language is not required.

Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Clear representation of themes including, diversity and inclusion – “Unity in Diversity”, sustainability, building a better tomorrow, peace and prosperity, and highlighting the unique relationship between Japan and the United States.

  • The artistic excellence of the applicant’s work and artistic merit of the proposed collaboration;

  • The extent to which working in Japan is consistent with the applicant’s artistic vision and would contribute to his or her artistry;

  • The applicant’s potential to contribute to increased cultural understanding and dialogue with Japanese artists and/or the Japanese public;

  • The availability of resources in Japan that are necessary to the artist’s proposed collaboration;

  • Ability to live and work in unfamiliar settings under different conditions

With the assistance of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Japan U.S. Friendship Commission will convene a panel to review applications. The panel will include previous recipients of the U.S.- Japan Creative Artists Program award, as well as other arts professionals with expertise in working with the Olympics and Japanese culture.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • The applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and live and work professionally in the United States.

  • All proposals must be collaborations between a U.S. artist (or group of artists) and a Japanese artist who is a citizen or permanent resident of Japan and living and working professionally in Japan.

  • The applicant and their Japanese collaborator must be a professional creative artists (contemporary or traditional) working as but not limited to: architects, choreographers, musicians, composers, creative writers, designers, media artists, playwrights, librettists, visual artists and  theater artists who work with original material (including puppeteers, and performance artists).

  • The proposed collaborative artistic project must be a new artistic venture, or something that the collaborative team is in the process of developing, and must have a completion date of July 1, 2020.

  • The proposed collaborative artistic project must touch on one or more of themes including, but not limited to, diversity and inclusion – “Unity in Diversity”, sustainability, building a better tomorrow, peace and prosperity.

  • There are additional eligibility requirements for librettists, playwrights, and creative writers (fiction, non-fiction, and poetry) outlined below.

    • Librettists and playwrights must have had a full-length work professionally produced and/or published in the United States at least once in the last five years.

  • Creative writer applicants must meet specific publishing requirements. Self- published work will not satisfy this eligibility requirement. In the last 10 years writers must have published at least one of the following:

    • Twenty poems in five or more literary journals

    • Five different short stories or essays (of creative non-fiction) in two or more literary journals, anthologies, or publications

    • A book of poems of more than 48 pages

    • A novel or a novella

    • A book of creative non-fiction

    • Creative writer applicants may use online publications to establish up to fifty percent of their eligibility, provided that such publications have competitive selection processes and stated editorial policies.

    • The following may not be used to establish eligibility:

      • Pre-publication material, such as galleys, proofs, and advance reader’s

      • Work that has appeared in a publication for which you are the editor, publisher, or staff

      • Collaborative work

      • Scholarly writing including Instructional writing, Book reviews, Editorials/letters to the editor, Student publications and publications that primarily print work by persons who are affiliated with a particular academic institution, any publication by presses that: require individual writers to pay for part or all of the production costs; require writers to buy or sell copies of the publication; publish work without competitive selection or a stated editorial policy; or publish work without professional editing. 

DEADLINE: March 1, 2019

jusfc.gov/creative-artists-programs/

THEATER -- JANUARY 2019

HEAR HER CALL CARIBBEAN-AMERICAN WOMEN'S THEATRE FESTIVAL

Conch Shell Productions 

INFO: We are seeking innovative 10-minute plays or monologues that are aligned with Conch Shell Productions' arts for social change initiative. We are seeking plays that inspire audiences to design a new destiny and/or to consider new ways of thinking when presented with challenges.   

Plays must be written in English by women of Caribbean heritage ages 18 and older who live in the Americas. Writing teams are acceptable as long as one playwright is an American woman of Caribbean descent.

The play selection process begins with an evaluation by a team of readers who will independently score each play according to their assessment of plot, character, dialogue, language, theatricality and the play’s alignment with Conch Shell Productions mission.

SUBMISSION FEE: $10. More than one entry may be submitted as a separate entry (along with the required fee), but no playwright will have more than one entry selected for production.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Deadline:  Sunday, January 13, 2019, 11:59pm

  • Performance: March 29, 2019

Plays will be staged as full productions at Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at York College 9420 Guy Brewer Boulevard Jamaica, New York.  Playwrights are encouraged to attend the festival - awards will be presented after the final performance. 

conchshellproductions.com/hear-her-call-play-fest?utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=misclinks&utm_source=article_body&utm_content=intra

 

NYSCA/NYFA ARTIST FELLOWSHIP

INFO: NYFA is committed to supporting artists from diverse cultural backgrounds at all stages of their professional careers. NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships, awarded in fifteen different disciplines over a three-year period, are $7,000 cash awards made to individual originating artists living and working in the state of New York for unrestricted use. These fellowships are not project grants but are intended to fund an artist’s vision or voice, regardless of the level of his or her artistic development.

 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Categories:

The following categories will be reviewed; please click for discipline-specific guidelines:

o    Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design

o    Choreography

o    Music/Sound

o    Photography

o    Playwriting/Screenwriting

DEADLINE: Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 11:59 PM EST.

nyfa.org/Content/Show/Artists'-Fellowships?fbclid=IwAR0GEkRYgSde_C_kmEPgeuM67z14NHoCGSwiFBan9aIGDeVncR4MlI8Gbk0

 

THEATER -- NOVEMBER 2018

 

TOFTE LAKE RESIDENCY: EMERGING ARTISTS PROGRAM
Tofte Lake Center

INFO: TLC is sponsoring its 10th annual Emerging Artists Program which enables both individual creative artists and a group of artists to focus on their current work. This program subsidizes one 2-week residency for 7 emerging artists and/or 2 person creative teams from the Minnesota and the 5 boroughs of New York, and one week-long residency for a group project that would have exclusive use of the facilities. Please note that applicants must live in either MN or one of the 5 NYC boroughs to be eligible to apply.

The residencies at TLC are intentionally interdisciplinary in nature. Artists from many disciplines can apply. Disciplines may include: playwriting, poetry, prose writing, painting, music composition, and dance. We would be happy to accept applicants who sculpt, produce films, are photographers, work with crafts; we are, however, more limited in terms of the materials we can provide. The underlying philosophy is to provide space and means of support for individual artists wishing to further their creative endeavors in the visual, literary and performing arts. The dramaturgical assistance of TLC director Liz Engelman is available if desired.

Individual/Creative Residency: Each artist from MN will receive an honorarium, meal, and travel stipend of $1,600, and each artist from NYC will receive $2,000. 

Group Residency: Each artist will receive and honorarium, meal, and travel stipend of $1,000. 

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Deadline: November 30, 2018

  • Individual Artist/Creative Team Residency: July 15-28, 2019.

  • Group Project Week: August 12-18, 2019.

https://toftelake.org/emerging-artists

THEATER -- OCTOBER 2018

ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAM

The Millay Colony

INFO: The Millay Colony is an artists residency program in Upstate New York. We welcome 6-7 visual artists, writers, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, and composers each month between April and November. We offer a number of flexible residency formats. all including a private bedroom and studio as well as all meals. We welcome artists of all ages, from all cultures and communities, and in all stages of their career. We offer ample time to work in a gorgeous atmosphere, organizing everything an artist needs for maximum productivity.

Our seven-acre Upstate New York campus, with its lovely meadows and forest, is adjacent to the former home and gardens of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay and the exquisite Harvey Mountain State Forest. Our residents and guests have access to trails for hiking and bicycles, as well as meadows for picnics (with wild blueberry, wild thyme and a delicious mix of plants and flowers), and creeks and streams for cooling off. In the Winter, residents may choose to go cross-country skiing. We are near the towns of Chatham, NY and Great Barrington, MA.

Our chef cooks healthy delicious dinners and also provides food for residents to cook their own day-time meals. We are happy to respond to food allergies and special diets. We have a barbecue for outdoor grilling and a fire pit for smores.

The Steepletop Barn has four bedrooms and four studios with meadow and mountain views. The Main Building was featured in the July ’98 issue of Architectural Record for its sleek look and commitment to universal access. This building contains two residency suites and studios as well as common areas open to all residents, including the kitchen, dining and living areas, and a laundry room. All are fully accessible. The Main House also has a darkroom, a Yamaha U1 upright piano, a large collection of art books, two lounges, a public telephone, and WiFi. In our adjacent offices, we have a fax machine, copier, computer and printer for residents’s use. 

APPLICATION FEE: $37 

DEADLINE: October 4, 2018 

millaycolony.org/programs/residencies-artists-millay-colony-arts/apply/

THE WORKING FARM RESIDENCY

SPACE on Ryder Farm

INFO: The Working Farm, SPACE’s resident writers’ group, offers eight playwrights, composers, lyricists and/or librettists five fully-subsidized residency weeks on Ryder Farm during the course of the June-October season. While in residence, the artists each focus on developing a single new work and are strongly encouraged to structure their days and weeks to best suit the needs of their project.

The eight Working Farm writers are in residence together twice over the course of the season (May 28th-June 2nd and September 17th-22nd, 2019). The writers’ remaining residency weeks are scheduled during the following Creative Residency weeks:           

  • June 17th-22nd                 

  • June 24th-28th               

  • July 8th-July 13th

  • July 15th-July 20th           

  • July 22nd-27th                 

  • September 9th-14th

  • October 7th-12th                  

During their additional stays, Working Farm writers may invite a collaborator (e.g. a director, designer, dramaturg, actor) to join them on the farm, subject to availability.

During their time on the farm, The Working Farm writers are housed in Ryder Farm’s historic buildings, served three daily farm-fresh communal meals and provided with artistic and administrative resources. 

While at SPACE, the only requirements of The Working Farm are that they join in the three communal meals daily, give back 6 hours of their time-in-residence to Ryder Farm and participate in short, informal sharings of the work accomplished while in residence.

One of the highlights of The Working Farm is The Roving Dinner, which occurs during the group’s September residency week. During this celebration of The Working Farm writers, excerpts of the eight SPACE-developed works are paired with an eight-course farm-fresh meal and performed at eight historic locations around Ryder Farm. 

Following the five-week residency at Ryder Farm, Working Farm members are offered the opportunity to present a public reading of their SPACE-developed project through SPACE’s partnership with Playwrights Horizons. These readings customarily take place in the winter or early spring. 

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Deadline: October 8, 2018

  • Semi-finalists notified: February 2019

  • Finalists interviewes: March 2019

  • Final decisions: Early April 2019

spaceonryderfarm.org/the-working-farm

ARTIST COMMISSIONING PROGRAM

Queens Council On The Arts

INFO: The Artist Commissioning Program (ACP) awards Queens-based choreographers, playwrights, and composers $10,000 each towards the creation of a new, original work. This innovative program democratizes the traditional commissioning process, which has historically been reserved for a privileged few.  

Two things make ACP distinct from a typical arts award:

1) its aim to fill gaps in American culture

2) pair artists with a cohort of "art producers"

Art Producers select the artists in a panel and serve as a support structure for the cohort. Both Artists and Art Producers receive access to professional development programming and collaborative arts events throughout the year-long program. Read more about each role below.

DEADLINE: October 12, 2018

queenscouncilarts.org/art-commissioning/

Call for Unproduced Latin@/x Plays

INFO: The 50 Playwrights Project (#50PP) is currently soliciting unproduced plays by Latin@/x playwrights for our third annual 50PP’s Best Unproduced Latin@/x Plays List. We are compiling a list of unproduced plays that theatre companies should be producing. Only plays that will be unproduced as of March 1, 2019 are eligible.

#50PP Script Guidelines:

  • The script is a work by a Latin@/x playwright.

  • The script is an original full-length work.

  • The script can be in English or Spanish.

  • The script cannot have been produced before March 1, 2019.

  • Playwrights can only submit one script. 

DEADLINE: October 14, 2018

 50playwrights.org/resources/submissions/call-for-unproduced-latin-plays/

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

New Play Reading Series at Penn State Abington

INFO: Penn State Abington is creating a new play reading series. They are looking for never-produced plays by local (PA/NJ/DE/NY) playwrights. Special consideration given to Philadelphia playwrights. Plays can be full length or one-acts. One play per playwright.

STIPEND: there will be a stipend paid to each playwright who’s play is produced in this reading series. We are currently working with the school to get an exact amount for playwrights. However, we know that there will be a single stipend and that, if you wish to attend the reading and/or rehearsals, you will need to cover your own transportation.

Selected playwrights are invited and encouraged to be part of the rehearsal process before each reading. 
Plays will be read by both professional actors and student actors from Penn State Abington. 

Plays about these issues/topics are sought:

  • Indigenous vs Colonial Culture

  • Mass Incarceration

  • Immigration

  • Sustainability

  • Opioid Addiction

  • Educational Equity

Please send a short synopsis and PDFs (only) of your play to: mtp24@psu.edu
Penn State Abington offers an affordable, accessible, and high-impact education resulting in the success of a diverse student body. It is committed to student success through innovative approaches to 21st century public higher education within a world-class research university. With nearly 4,000 students, Penn State Abington is a residential campus that offers baccalaureate degrees in 19 majors, undergraduate research, the Schreyer honors program, NCAA Division III athletics, and more.

DEADLINE: October 15, 2018
abington.psu.edu/this-is-penn-state

THEATER -- SEPTEMBER 2018

RADCLIFFE INSTITUTE FELLOWSHIPS

Harvard University

INFO: The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program is a scholarly community where individuals pursue advanced work across a wide range of academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts (including Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction/Biography/ Autobiography/Memoir, Nonfiction/Current Issues, Playwriting or Screenwriting, and other topics). 

To be considered for a fellowship in fiction or nonfiction, applicants must have any of the following: one or more published books, contract for the publication of a book-length manuscript, or at least three shorter works (longer than newspaper articles) published. Evidence of publication in print format within the last five years is highly desirable; Web site publications are not acceptable as the only form of previously published work. Applicants should note that reviewers take into account evidence of a distinctive, original voice, richness or dimensionality of text, and coherence in the project plan. Professionals interested in writing about their work experiences should apply in the category of nonfiction. Recommendations from editors and/or agents are not acceptable.

AWARD: Radcliffe Institute fellows are in residence for a period of nine months between September 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020 and receive a stipend of $77,500 plus an additional $5,000 to cover project expenses. Applicants may apply for either one or two semesters. Single-semester Radcliffe fellows receive a $38,750 stipend plus an additional $2,500 to cover project expenses.

This is a residential fellowship; therefore, fellows are expected to reside in the Boston area for the duration of their time as Radcliffe fellows. Fellows are expected to be free of their regular commitments so they may devote themselves full time to the work outlined in their proposal. The Institute will provide office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources at Harvard University during the fellowship year. Radcliffe fellows may also be eligible to receive relocation, housing, and childcare funds to aid them in making a smooth transition to Radcliffe. Health care options are made available as needed.

DEADLINE: September 13, 2018

radcliffe.harvard.edu/fellowship-program/how-apply

 

THE MACDOWELL COLONY

INFO: The MacDowell Colony provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees.

MacDowell Fellows are selected by our admissions panels, which are comprised of a revolving group of distinguished professionals in each artistic discipline who serve anonymously for three years.

The Colony accepts applications from artists working in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts. The sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence, which the Colony defines in a pluralistic and inclusive way. MacDowell encourages applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics, and welcomes artists engaging in the broadest spectrum of artistic practice and investigating an unlimited array of inquiries and concerns. To that end, emerging as well as established artists are invited to apply. Applicants who are enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs as of the date of application are ineligible for a residency and therefore cannot apply. Doctoral candidates who have finished all coursework may apply.

MacDowell is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, physical ability or disability. The Colony offers barrier-free access in its main buildings and some studios. There are no medical facilities or medical personnel on site. MacDowell is situated in a rural area with limited access to medical care facilities. We strongly suggest that applicants with special medical needs contact the Resident Director before applying.

SUBMISSION FEE: $30

DEADLINE: September 15, 2018

https://macdowell.slideroom.com/#/Login

  

LIVING ROOM THEATER NEW PLAY INCUBATOR: CULTURAL IDENTITY

INFO: Living Room Theater is seeking playwrights to develop plays on the theme “Cultural Identity” for its New Play Incubator.  In the course of 3 weeks, the playwrights individually will create a 10 minute play related to cultural identity. Each group will culminate in a staged reading for the public. Actors and director will be provided for the reading. 
 
There is no fee to submit or to participate. Playwrights that have participated in the previous incubator are not eligible to apply at this time. Playwrights must be able to attend all meetings. Please do not submit if you cannot make all the meetings of at least one group. All meetings/rehearsals/readings will be held in Manhattan. Non-New York based playwrights may apply but must be able to travel to the meetings/reading. No travel stipend is provided.
 
9/23/18 from 1-4pm
9/30/19 from 1-4pm
10/7/18 from 1-4pm
Staged reading date: 10/25/18 from 6-10pm
 
Please submit a resume, a 10 minute play, and a short paragraph in the email why you would be interested in writing about the theme “Cultural Identity” to lvtnewplays@gmail.com Only selected finalists will be asked to interview the week of 09/10/18.

DEADLINE: September 7, 2018

http://www.marcusyi.com/new-play-incubator.html

 

2019-2020 CULLMAN CENTER FELLOWSHIP

INFO: The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers is an international fellowship program open to people whose work will benefit directly from access to the collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building—including academics, independent scholars, and creative writers (novelists, playwrights, poets). Visual artists at work on a book project are also welcome to apply. 

The Center appoints 15 Fellows a year for a nine-month term at the Library, from September through May. In addition to working on their own projects, the Fellows engage in an ongoing exchange of ideas within the Center and in public forums throughout the Library.

DEADLINE: September 28, 2018

nypl.org/help/about-nypl/fellowships-institutes/center-for-scholars-and-writers

THEATER -- AUGUST 2018

INTENSIVE FOR MALE PLAYWRIGHTS OF COLOR

Lit Council

INFO: In partnership with The Tank, LIT Council is a development intensive for Male Playwrights of Color. During their time with the Council (September 2018 through April 2019), writers will hone a play guided by the Bechdel Test to ensure gender equity in storytelling. The program will culminate in a reading workshop of each participant’s play, hosted at The Tank (312 West 36th Street between 8th and 9th Avenue). In order to further promote collaboration and communication between genders, each play will be attached to a female director of color, chosen from a group of professionals and mentors, who will be active presences throughout the process.

For each session, participants will receive feedback and mentorship from 3 professional Facilitators: Beto O’Byrne (playwright-in-residence at Stella Adler; 2050 Playwriting Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop), Jerome A. Parker (MacDowell and Dramatist Guild Fellow), and Akin Salawu (Inaugural Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater; two-time Tribeca All Access Winner) are all writers of color with working experience in the industry and theatrical credits in New York City and around the country. They created LIT Council with the Tank to have a professional setting where whiteness is de-centered and the “white gaze” isn’t a deterrent or the raison d’etre for a play’s birth, voice and steps in the world. Participants will be pushed to create works where female characters are given equal weight to their male counterparts and also supported to stretch their voice in writing for, and collaborating with, women.

LIT Council seeks daring applicants of color from all levels, and ALL who identify as male, to work on a play already in progress. The chosen participants will demonstrate great appetite and aptitude for crafting uncompromised stories, while understanding the pressing need to represent “other” voices, especially those of women, fully in their work. As this is a collective, the Council looks for artists not only with experience in taking the reign of their own creative process, but also with a desire to collaborate with the other participating artists in the room. The Tank is located in New York, so applicants need to be NYC-based in order to participate in weekend meetings, readings and other program-related events.

THE FACILITATORS

Beto O’Byrne hails from East Texas and is the co-founder of Radical Evolution, a multi-ethnic, multi-disciplinary producing collective based in Brooklyn, NY. The author of 20 plays, screenplays, and original TV pilots, his works have been produced in San Antonio, Austin, Los Angeles and New York City, where was the most recent playwright-in-residence at the Stella Adler School of Acting and a 2050 Playwriting Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop. In addition, O’Byrne is an advocate for the performing arts field, having worked with organizations such as Theatre Communications Group, La Cooperativa of Latinx Theatre Artists of NYC, and the Latinx Theatre Commons. MFA, Dramatic Writing: University of Southern California. www.betoobyrne.com

Jerome A. Parker is a MacDowell and Dramatist Guild Fellow from New York City. His work has been developed through readings and productions at the Public Theater, the Old Vic, the Cherry Lane, Classical Theatre of Harlem, the National Black Theater, BAAD!, Company of Angels, American Lyric Theater, NY Stage and Film, Freedom Train Productions, Celebration Theater, On the Boards, the Musical Theater Factory, New York Musical Festival, and the Los Angeles Theater Center amongst others.

Akin Salawu is a two-time Tribeca All Access Winner with a BA from Stanford and a Screenwriting MFA from Columbia. At Stanford, Akin founded ergo student theater troupe and was awarded the Sherifa Omade Ego Prize for mounting culturally diverse theater. Akin was a member of The Public Theater’s Inaugural Emerging Writers Group and wrote Chapter 5 in the book, “The Obama Movement.” Akin also wrote 2 short plays on Ferguson for Chicago's American Theater. Akin developed his first musical The Real Whisper in Ars Nova’s Uncharted residency which premiered in the 2017 Polyphone Festival at The University of the Arts.

DEADLINE: August 3, 2018

http://thetanknyc.org/series/lit_council/ 

 

Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Playwrights Competition

INFO: The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre is seeking submissions for its Playwrights Competition. Plays must address a social issue(s) in a comedic way and have a hopeful ending. The script must have at least two African American women characters, one of whom is at least 40 years old. The script must have at least one scene where two females have a conversation that is not primarily about men. Three semi-finalists will be selected by a panel of theater arts professionals to include LHT’s Interim Artistic Director, Aldo Billingslea. 

PRIZE: $7,500 and a workshop to further develop the script to be considered for a full production in 2019.

DEADLINE: August 10, 2018

http://www.lhtsf.org/playwrights-competition

 

DAVID CHARLES HORN PRIZE

The Yale Drama Series

INFO: The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2019 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series' current judge, Ayad Akhtar.

AWARD: $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center's Claire Tow Theater. The prize and publication are contingent on the playwright's agreeing to the terms of the publishing agreement.

SUBMISSION FEE: $0

DEADLINE: August 15, 2018

dchornfoundation.org/competition-rules

 

SUBMISSION FOR ENSEMBLE PLAYWRIGHT LAB

Letter of Marque Theater Co.

 INFO: The Ensemble Playwright Lab (EPL) is a residency program in which the playwright engages with Letter of Marque's (LOM) ensemble to create, develop, or reimagine a piece of work; which will be presented to the public at the end of the residency.

There will be two 6-week residencies: Fall & Winter. Two playwrights, one for each residency, will be selected to work with our ensemble once a week, for a total of 21 hours of collaboration and discovery.

The submissions will be prepared by a non-adjudicating member of our team. All submissions are anonymous until the semi-finalists are contacted via email for interviews. Please do not reference names of collaborators or affiliations.

The name and photo associated with your Google account will be recorded when you upload files and submit this form.

FEE: There is no monetary charge or fee to participate in the Ensemble Playwrights Lab. We ask for your time, dedication, and energy!

DEADLINE: August 20, 2018

docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdFMRSBfjLOjKvhP4hFIqbNMu4_s7kLZJ_nY0FBuvwhM-R_zA/viewform

 

TRAVEL GRANT

Lotus Lee Foundation

INFO: Through the Travel Fellowship, Lotus Lee Foundation hopes to stimulate an in-depth discussion on the future development of the theater and performing arts industry. We are aiming at encouraging students and young professionals to exam this topic from different perspectives including business model, the market expands, art & technology integration, investment, cross-cultural communication, etc.

The fellowship will provide its recipients an opportunity to explore the theater industry in Shanghai, China; to broaden their experience and knowledge on the cultural exchange; to deepen their insights on the future of international performing arts field.

Lotus Lee Foundation is a New York City based 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to bridge arts and technology; to nourish the cultural exchange between China and America through theater and education; to enhance the voice of emerging artists and young professionals, especially those from the Asian community.

    ELIGIBILITY:

    • Applicants must live in the US.

    • Applicants must choose which group they belong to.
      • The Students Group includes, undergraduate students , and graduate students.
      • The Young Professionals Group includes  Ph.D, researchers, scholars and individuals who have graduated in the past 15 years. (Graduates prior to 2003 are ineligible.) Holders of multiple degrees may apply. Proof of revived diploma between 2003 and 2018 is required.
    • Student candidates must have one supervisor to help examine the work before submission. The supervisor can be the professor, instructor, or teacher. Supervisor’s information is required in the application.
    • Winners are expected to travel to China learn about the booming performing arts market and make a presentation on US-China Summit when coming back to the US.

    THEME: According to the data from Broadway League , theater audiences are growing older.  Broadway is no longer attracting young people to the theater. Meanwhile, various forms of off-line experience are emerging and in return urging the performing arts industry to make a reform. People are fascinated with Immersive Theater such as Sleep No More, interactive media exhibition such as Team Lab, and new types of theater experience such as Pandora – The World of Avatar in the theme park Disney's Animal Kingdom. Performers are no longer limited to the stage, while audiences are no longer bounded to the seats. 

    How will new technologies such as VR\AR transform the future stage? How soon will AI (Artificial Intelligence) be able to write a play, since it already writes poetry pretty well? How will Blockchain technology protect IP and benefit the entertainment industry? How should we educate our next generation through theater? These are all great questions that haven't yet been answered. And that's the reason why we founded this Travel Fellowship to attract people from different disciplines to give us their unique perspectives about the theater of the future. We'll then give the most insightful minds an opportunity to continue exploring the research topic in a global scale.

    IMPORTANT DATES:

    • April 30th, 2018: Registration open
    • July 16th, 2018: Submission open
    • Aug 27th, 2018: Registration & Submission officially close.
    • Aug 28th-Sep 14th: In-house selection
    • Sep 17th, 2018: Recipients announcement
    • Oct-Dec 2018: Winners get ready for the trip
    • Dec. 2018: Winners return to US, complete and present their study report

    AWARD:

    • Lotus Lee Foundation will pay for the one-week trip to Shanghai China, including
      • round-trip flight tickets (worth $1500)
      • 7 days hotel stay (worth $500)
      • $200 cash reimbursement for show tickets and/or related research expense (recipes required)
    • Studio visit to Lotus Lee Drama Studio
      • one of the most innovative theater companies in China
      • producer of the market hit piece  “Three Body Problem Part I”
    • 1 year free membership on Cennarium.com (worth $100)
    • Invitation to the award ceremony
    • US and China media exposure 

    https://www.lotus-lee.foundation/lotus-lee-travel-fellowship/ 

     

    INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

    Sustainable Arts Foundation

    INFO: Sustainable Arts Foundation – a non-profit foundation supporting artists and writers with families – is committed to offering half of its awards to applicants of color.

    Writers may apply in one of the following categories:

    • Creative Nonfiction
    • Early and Middle Grade Fiction
    • Fiction
    • Graphic Novels
    • Long Form Journalism
    • Picture Books
    • Playwriting
    • Poetry
    • Young Adult Fiction

    AWARD: $5,000

    DEADLINE: August 31, 2018

    apply.sustainableartsfoundation.org/

    THEATER -- JULY 2018

    MARIO FRATTI-FRED NEWMAN POLITICAL PLAY CONTEST

    Castillo Theatre

    INFO: The Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest is intended to encourage the writing of progressive plays that engage the political/social/cultural questions affecting the world today and/or historical events and issues that impact on our communities. 

    The contest encourages scripts that experiment with form and seek new ways of seeing and new ways of experiencing theatrical performance.  Castillo welcomes scripts from all countries and cultures.

    The plays submitted to the Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest may be written in any style, set in any historical time, geographic or imaginary location, contain any number of characters and be of any length. The plays must be in English and cannot be musicals or adaptations. No scripts will be considered that have previously been submitted to this contest, have received a production or won other contests. Only one script per playwright per year will be accepted.

    The contest is judged by a team of distinguished theatre artists.

    PRIZE: The winning script(s) will receive a reading at the Castillo Theatre in New York City during the theatre’s 2019 summer season.

    DEADLINE: July 1, 2018

    castillo.org/playwriting-contest/

     

    SUITE/SPACE RFP

    Mabou Mines

    INFO: Mabou Mines' new performance initiative SUITE/Space provides artistic mentorship, rehearsal space, and public performances in our 99-seat theater to artists that reflect NYC’s rich cultural landscape and share Mabou Mines’ commitment to breaking new ground in form and content.

    SUITE/Space is open to artists of color from historically underrepresented communities, especially those from the outer-boroughs of NYC, who exhibit a commitment to experimentation and a collaborative creative process. Multimedia, music, dance, theater, and cross-disciplinary projects are accepted.

    Proposed projects should be either near production-ready or previously produced.

    SUITE/Space Artists Will Receive:

    • A $ 3,000 stipend and a 50-50 box office split.
    • 30 hours of rehearsal space in Mabou Mines’ sunlit studio in the East Village.
    • Technical and administrative support.
    • Studio visits with the program’s artistic advisors.
    • 10 hours of technical rehearsal in the theater.
    • Three SUITE/Space performances in a festival-like setting at Mabou Mines.

    IMPORTANT DATES:

    DEADLINE: July 2, 2018

    The 2019 SUITE/Space Program: September 2018 – January/February 2019.

    maboumines.org/suite-space-rfp/?utm_source=Mabou+Mines+Updates&utm_campaign=211aeb80b1-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_05_08&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_06da9cf5be-211aeb80b1-116858919&mc_cid=211aeb80b1&mc_eid=e1099a1e39

     

    NEW PLAYS FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES

    Creede Repertory Theatre

    INFO: One-third of CRT’s productions are new works, and every year CRT commissions a new show for its celebrated Young Audience Outreach Tour (YAOT). The goal of this program is to bring theatre to thousands of kids in rural and underserved communities throughout the Southwest while creating an exciting opportunity for emerging playwrights. 

    Bilingual (English/Spanish) plays are preferred, but not required. With 35 years of successful productions we are looking for playwrights interested in working among a collaborative artistic team.

    DEADLINE: July 2, 2018

    creederep.org/new-plays-young-audiences/

     

    NATIVE VOICES AT THE AUTRY: CALL FOR SCRIPTS

    Autry Museum of the American West

    INFO: Short plays submitted will be considered for Native Voices’ 8th Annual Short Play Festival, to take place in November 2018 at the American Indian Arts Marketplace at the Autry in Los Angeles.

    Whet your appetite for clever, funny, dramatic, and thoughtful 10-minute scripts – the theme of this year’s short play festival is FOOD. It brings us together as families, it can be both a commodity and a lack. Frybread… delicious, disastrous, or both?

    FOOD… culture is delicious.

    The theme of the 8th Annual Short Play Festival is FOOD. Native Voices invites playwrights to answer the question: what’s on the table in Native country? Like music or dance, food is a cultural expression. Food can be as simple as what’s served for dinner, as complicated as the legacy of frybread, or as devastating as water shortages and climate change on subsistence hunting and traditional ways of harvesting a living from the land. Plays can be fun-spirited or political, funny or dramatic. Scripts that are longer than 15 pages or read aloud at longer than 10 minutes will not be accepted. Fresh, surprising perspectives are welcome, and unique theatricality is a must.

    Please note that we only accept submissions written for the stage or theatre by Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations artists.

    DEADLINE: July 20, 2018

    theautry.org/events/signature-programs/native-voices/annual-call-scripts

     

    LIVING ROOM SERIES SERIES SUBMISSIONS

    The Blank Theatre

    INFO: We are now accepting submissions for the 27th season of The Living Room Series, our New Play Development program which embodies The Blank’s commitment to developing new work by both established and emerging writers. Submissions by women, playwrights of color, and other under-represented voices are strongly encouraged.  

    The Living Room Series takes place on Monday evenings at the 2nd Stage Theater in Hollywood between Labor Day and Memorial Day. The Living Room Series offers a week-long collaborative rehearsal process for the playwright, director and actors to explore and refine the play before presenting it to an audience. The performances are minimally staged, with actors carrying scripts, and are a wonderful opportunity for the playwright to get a sense of the play’s full potential.

    The Blank accepts plays for consideration for our Living Room Series (workshops of new plays) via Submittable. Submissions by women, playwrights of color, and other under-represented voices are strongly encouraged. The Blank is firmly committed to supporting gender parity and diversity. 

    DEADLINE: July 21, 2018

    theblank.submittable.com/submit/42927/living-room-series-submissions

     

    THEATER -- JUNE 2018

    MARIO FRATTI-FRED NEWMAN POLITICAL PLAY CONTEST

    Castillo Theatre

    INFO: The Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest is intended to encourage the writing of progressive plays that engage the political/social/cultural questions affecting the world today and/or historical events and issues that impact on our communities. 

    The contest encourages scripts that experiment with form and seek new ways of seeing and new ways of experiencing theatrical performance.  Castillo welcomes scripts from all countries and cultures.

    The plays submitted to the Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest may be written in any style, set in any historical time, geographic or imaginary location, contain any number of characters and be of any length. The plays must be in English and cannot be musicals or adaptations. No scripts will be considered that have previously been submitted to this contest, have received a production or won other contests. Only one script per playwright per year will be accepted.

    The contest is judged by a team of distinguished theatre artists.

    PRIZE: The winning script(s) will receive a reading at the Castillo Theatre in New York City during the theatre’s 2019 summer season.

    DEADLINE: July 1, 2018

    castillo.org/playwriting-contest/

    THEATER -- MAY 2018

    I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHT RESIDENCY

    National Black Theatre 

    INFO: The annual I AM SOUL - Playwright Residency program recognizes Black playwrights whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and excellence in the theatrical field. Alongside NBT’s Theatre Arts Director, the selected playwright will develop a new play during the eighteen (18) month residency. The program provides the playwright with a stipend, administrative and dramaturgical support, in-house readings, and one 29-hour workshop. This process culminates with a Workshop Production in NBT’s following season. 

    With I AM SOUL, NBT seeks to deepen the artistic relationship between Black theatrical institutions and Black playwrights in order to re-establish Black theatrical institutions as the foremost supporters and producers of new works created by Black playwrights.

    IMPORTANT DATES:

    • Deadline: May 1, 2018
    • Finalists Notified: June 10, 2018
    • Recipient Notified: July 13, 2018
    • Residency: September 1, 2018 – March 31, 2020

    bit.ly/1VcfizW

     

    THE RELENTLESS AWARD

    The American Playwright Foundation

    INFO: The Relentless Award, established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman and his pursuit of truth in the theater, is the largest annual cash prize in American theater awarded to a playwright in recognition of a new play.

    Submissions by first-time playwrights, women and playwrights are encouraged.

    PRIZE:

    • $45,000
    • The option to have the winning play published by the Dramatists Play Service
    • A week-long residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm, an artist residency program housed on a working organic farm in Brewster, New York. The author can elect to have a director, a dramaturg and actors join him or her while in residence on the farm
    • The selected play will also have a national roll-out through the Ed Vassallo Relentless Reading Series, established to help bring to life and develop the winning play by presenting a series of staged readings at some of the top theaters across the United States

     Three runners-up will also be named.

    DEADLINE: 11:59pm EST on May 15, 2018

    americanplaywritingfoundation.org/the-relentless-award.html

    THEATER -- APRIL 2018

    FADE TO BLACK FESTIVAL

     INFO: Fade to Black Play Festival seeks original, 10-minute plays not previously produced, and written by an African American playwright.  Only three (3) scripts submissions are allowed per playwright.

    AWARD: One grand prize winner will be chosen by audience vote and awarded a cash prize. 

    SUBMISSION FEE: $0

    DEADLINE: April 1, 2018

    fadetoblackfest.com/

     

    GOING TO THE RIVER FESTIVAL 2018

    INFO: GOING TO THE RIVER (GTTR) is now accepting submissions for the Going To The River Festival 2018. The GTTR Festival 2018 will be at Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST) in New York City in July 2018.

    The Festival will consist of never produced full-length work and short plays. The plays must be by women of color and by playwrights who live in the New York Tri-state area.

    DEADLINE: April 12, 2018

    goingtotheriver.com/gttr-programs.html

     

    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

    MacDowell Colony

    INFO: The MacDowell Colony is the nation’s leading artist colony. The Colony nurtures the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which they can produce enduring works of the imagination. 

    Each year about 300 Fellowships, or residencies, are awarded to artists in seven disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts. A Fellowship consists of exclusive use of a private studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for two weeks to two months. MacDowell does not offer classes or instruction.

    MacDowell encourages applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics. 

    DEADLINE: April 15, 2018

    macdowellcolony.org/apply

     

    WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE

    The Kerouac Project

    INFO: The Kerouac Project provides four residencies a year to writers of any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world. In the past they have accepted writers with no formal writing education alongside those with MFA’s and impressive résumés. You will be judged on the quality of the writing sample you submit. Each residency consists of approximately a three-month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. As writer-in-residence, all you are required to do is live in the Kerouac House during your residency, work on your writing project, and participate in two events—a Welcome Potluck dinner for you, and a Final Reading of your work at the Kerouac House at the end of your residency. Should you desire them, the Kerouac Project can also offer opportunities for you to participate in other readings, lead workshops, and interact in other ways with the vibrant Central Florida literary community.

    You will be required to select a category into which your submission fits. The categories are: Poetry, Play, Screenplay, Fiction/Short Story, and Nonfiction.

    STIPEND: Utilities and a food stipend of $1,000 are included.

    RESIDENCY SLOTS:

    • Fall 2018: September 1 through November 22, 2018
    • Winter 2018–2019: December 1, 2018, through February 21, 2019
    • Spring 2019: March 1 through May 23, 2019
    • Summer 2019: June 1 through August 22, 2019

    SUBMISSION FEE: $30

    DEADLINE: April 16, 2018

    kerouacproject.org/submissions/

    THEATER -- MARCH 2018

    WRITING FELLOWSHIP

    The Playwrights Realm

    INFO: The Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship Program awards four early-career playwrights with nine months of resources, workshops and feedback designed to help them reach their professional and artistic goals. Over the course of the season, Fellows develop a single new play. Monthly group meetings provide a collaborative, energizing space for writers to share and refine their work. One-on-one meetings with The Realm's artistic staff support each writer's specific artistic process. Fellows work with a director, design consultants, and actors over the course of two readings to see their work come to life. Professional development resources are also an integral part of the program and are tailored to the individual group of Writing Fellows. Mentor opportunities, meet-and-greets, and professional seminars are designed to shed light on the business of theatre, and empower the Fellows to be active, informed participants in their own careers. The culminating event of the program is our INK’D Festival, which features a public reading of each Fellow's play.

    AWARD:

    • $3,000 Award
    • Internal reading
    • Public reading
    • Professional development activities
    • Access to Realm office resources
    • An occasional hug

    DEADLINE: March 4, 2018

    playwrightsrealm.org/fellow-app/

     

    PLAYWRIGHTS’ WEEK 2018

    Lark Theatre

    INFO: Playwrights’ Week, The Lark’s Open Access Program, seeks to provide development opportunities for new and diverse voices for the theater by identifying and advancing promising plays that reveal unheard and vital perspectives. This submissions program allows The Lark to serve a wide range of playwrights through a multistage selection process with an emphasis on inclusion and advocacy.   

    Our support criteria emphasizes ambitious, fresh, playful, engaging, energizing, provocative, powerful, and theatrical work by writers with clear artistic goals who are open to a collaborative development process.

    Writers selected for Playwrights’ Week are provided with ten hours of rehearsal and a public staged reading to address self-defined developmental goals for their plays, as well as opportunities to engage with fellow participants in a peer-based community of support and conversation.

    A complete submission is composed of two parts:

    • A completed application form.
    • A full-length script, with your name or any identifying information removed as we are committed to an anonymous initial review.

    DEADLINE: March 30, 2018

    larktheatre.org/get-involved/submit-play/

     

    FADE TO BLACK FESTIVAL

     INFO: Fade to Black Play Festival seeks original, 10-minute plays not previously produced, and written by an African American playwright.  Only three (3) scripts submissions are allowed per playwright.

    AWARD: One grand prize winner will be chosen by audience vote and awarded a cash prize. 

    SUBMISSION FEE: $0

    DEADLINE: April 1, 2018

    fadetoblackfest.com/

    THEATER -- FEBRUARY 2018

    U.S.-JAPAN CREATIVE ARTISTS EXCHANGE FELLOWSHIPS

    Japan-United States Friendship Commission

    INFO: The Japan U.S. Friendship Commission offers leading contemporary and traditional artists from the United States the opportunity to spend three to five months in Japan through the U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program.  Artists go as seekers, as cultural visionaries, and as living liaisons to the traditional and contemporary cultural life of Japan.  They also go as connectors who share knowledge and bring back knowledge. Their interaction with the Japanese public and the outlook they bring home provide exceptional opportunities to promote cultural understanding between the United States and Japan.

    Since 1978, the Japan-US Friendship Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) have worked  with the Agency for Cultural Affairs in Japan and the International House of Japan (I-House) to organize the United States-Japan Creative Artists’ Program. Each year five leading U.S.-based artists, representing all genres, are selected from the United States and are provided funding to spend three months in Japan.

    This residency program allows the artists to research and experience both the traditional and contemporary artistic milieu of Japan. Artists are free to live anywhere in the country to pursue activities of greatest relevance to their creative process. While many artists chose to remain in Tokyo, others live in Kyoto or other cities, and still others work in rural settings or travel around the countryside. The International House of Japan provides in-depth orientation materials, expert advice and professional contacts, as well as logistical support during the residency period.

    Primary Eligibility:

    • Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
    • Candidates must live and work professionally primarily in the United States.
    • Candidates must be professional creative artists (contemporary or traditional) working as: architects, choreographers, composers, creative writers, designers, media artists, playwrights, librettists, visual artists and solo theater artists who work with original material (including puppeteers, and performance artists). For additional eligibility requirements, please click here.

    AWARD: A grant award of $20,000 for three months, and $28,000 for up to five months will be provided to each artist to cover housing, living and professional expenses.  Artists will be responsible for converting their U.S. Dollar award into Japanese Yen.  The Commission will also provide grantees up to $2,000 to cover the cost of their round-trip transportation to Japan.

    DEADLINE: February 1, 2018 at 11:59 EST

    jusfc.gov/creative-artists-programs/

     

    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 2018 FESTIVAL

    OKC Theatre

    INFO: The Oklahoma City Theatre Company annual Native American New Play Festival is at the heart of their regular season offerings. They invite Native American, Alaska Native, Hawaiian, First Nations and Indigenous Mexico playwrights to submit full-length scripts (60 pages or more) written for the stage from an Indigenous perspective. All themes and topics are welcomed. Plays may focus on historical or present-day issues. They are especially interested in plays that center on an Oklahoma tribe and tribal history within the state.

    Full length plays are evaluated by a panel comprised of Native American theatre artists and invested community members. The panel will select 2-3 plays for a staged reading during the festival based on originality, theatricality, and execution. Finalist will receive a staged reading with actors and a director during the festival weekend events.  An audience talk back will follow the readings. A fully realized production will be awarded to one of the staged reading finalists and showcased as the featured production the following festival year during the Oklahoma City Theatre Company’s regular season.

    DEADLINE: February 15, 2018

    okctc.org/?page_id=4167

     

    NEW WORK INITIATIVE

    Lotus Lee Foundation

    INFO: Welcome to the 1st year of our New Work Initiative Playwright Award! The primary goal is to bring the best theatre from the United States to China and vice versa. And to foster and encourage new voices and share your stories. This is why they’re interested in new works from artists like you.

    They have an open submission where you can submit your new work at no cost to you. A panel of esteemed judges will choose 5 works. They'll produce the best one in 2019 with a significant budget for a year-long tour in China with a potential remount in the States.

    1st Place Winner: 

    • Lotus Lee Foundation Contract: Fully Produced Tour in China
    • 1st Place Certificate 

    2nd Place Winner:

    • Cash Price: $500
    • Professional Advice on your Play from Judges
    • 2nd Place Certificate

    3rd Place Winner:

    • Cash Price: $300
    • Professional Advice on your Play from Judges
    • 3rd Place Certificate

    2 Honorable Mentions: 

    • Honorable Mention Certificate
    • Professional Advice on your Play from Judges

    Fully Produced Tour in China (2019):

    • They will produce the full production in China
    • Casting help and hiring of creative team as needed
    • Housing/Transportation for team
    • VISA/passort help
    • Paid round-trip for creative team and cast
    • Paid transport of production elements

    DEADLINE: February 18th, 2018

    lotus-lee.foundation/submission/

     

    CALL FOR SUBMISSION: 2018 NUWORKS

    Pan Asian Repertory

    INFO: The Pan Asian Repertory is accepting submissions for their 2018 NuWorks 1-week performance. Performing June 12-18, 2018 in Studio Theater at Theatre Row. NuWorks presents a wide range of new work from emerging artists who dare to explore different genres and techniques.

    GUIDELINES:

    • News works (solo or duo show preferred) that is fully rehearsed and READY to perform as only one rehearsal in May/June.
    • Work can be any style (comedy, drama, cabaret, musical, dance, experimental, etc.) at 15-45 minutes in length.         
    • Work previously not presented in New York City is preferred.
    • Shows should be low tech (no projections), high quality in content, and provide own props and costumes.
    • We are looking for a diversity of voices, does not have to reflect contemporary Asian American themes.
    • Pan Asian will provide artist stipend, rehearsal, theatre space, and marketing/PR.

    Please submit a one-page resume (of each collaborator), title, synopsis and developmental history, script, and list of tech needs. Please submit the materials in PDF format to info@panasianrep.org.

    If you have any questions, email info@panasianrep.org.

    DEADLINE: February 21, 2018

    nycp.blogspot.com/2018/01/pan-asian-rep-nuworks-2018.html

     

     

     

    THEATER - JANUARY 2018

    CALL FOR SCRIPTS

    Association for Theatre in Higher Education

    INFO: ATHE's Playwrights and Creative Teams Program (PACT) seeks new, previously unproduced short plays for its annual New Play Development Workshop at the ATHE Conference in BOSTON, MA, August 1-5, 2018. The 2018 ATHE Conference focuses on revolution, resistance, and protest, and the multiple ways these ideas – and the actions that spring from them.

    They invite playwrights to submit plays ranging in length from 4-10 minutes (Scripts longer than ten pages– not including cover page - will not be accepted) There is no restriction on subject matter, style, or intended audience. They are particularly interested in scripts addressing themes of revolution of any type and/or explores the question of how might we create art that is aesthetically revolutionary and that activates audiences to make lasting social change? They welcome scripts representing a range of global perspectives of race, culture, language, disability, gender, nationality, and political worldview. A jury of readers will select six to eight scripts. Each playwright will be assigned a director, dramaturg, scenographer, and a group of actors; these creative teams collaborate on the scripts throughout the conference in a developmental process (participants may attend the rest of the conference). The workshop culminates in a public, script-in-hand reading of the plays in a SHOWCASE OF SCRIPTS on last day of the conference on Sunday, August 5th.

    Each year they are committed to including a student playwright for one of the ten minute plays selected for the ATHE conference. If you are a student, please be sure to note that in your submission.

    The New Play Development Workshop affords playwrights the opportunity to work on their scripts with artists experienced with original material from all over the country and to have their work presented at a major academic theatre conference. In past years, plays that have gone through this process have been published in a PACT Program anthology. These plays achieve a high rate of success in securing subsequent productions and publication.

    DEADLINE: January 5, 2018 at 11:59 EST

    athe.org/blogpost/1121101/286209/Call-for-Scripts

     

    NEW WORK INITIATIVE

    Lotus Lee Foundation

    INFO: Welcome to the 1st year of the New Work Initiative Playwright Award! And this submission program will be an annual event. The primary goal is to bring the best theatre from the United States to China and vice versa. And to foster and encourage new voices and share your stories.

     This open submission will remain open until January 2018 when our panel of esteemed judges will choose 5 works. They'll produce the best one in 2019 with a significant budget for a year-long tour in China with a potential remount in the States.

    AWARDS: 

    1st Place Winner: 

    • Lotus Lee Foundation Contract: Fully Produced Tour in China
    • 1st Place Certificate

    2nd Place Winner:

    • Cash Price: $500
    • Professional Advice on your Play from our Judges
    • 2nd Place Certificate

    3rd Place Winner:

    • Cash Price: $300
    • Professional Advice on your Play from our Judges
    • 3rd Place Certificate

    2 Honorable Mentions: 

    • Honorable Mention Certificate
    • Professional Advice on your Play from our Judges

    Fully Produced Tour in China (2019):

    • They will produce the full production in China
    • Casting help and hiring of creative team as needed
    • Housing/Transportation for team
    • VISA/passport help
    • Paid round-trip for creative team and cast
    • Paid transport of production elements

    FEE: $0

    DEADLINE: January 5, 2018

    lotus-lee.foundation/submission/

     

    LEAH RYAN’S FUND FOR EMERGING WOMEN WRITERS

    INFO: All women who consider themselves emerging playwrights (as distinct from fledgling or mid-career playwrights) are eligible to apply for the 2018 FEWW Prize. Playwrights from all over the world are encouraged to apply, but the play must be written in English. Eligibility does not require that a submitted work adhere to the traditional three-act structure. One-acts, two-acts (even four-, five-, six- acts), monologues, adaptations, and any other wild (or deceptively tame) format will be considered with equal seriousness. The only absolute requirement is that the submitted text be a completed full-length work for theater.

    The winner will be chosen by a readers committee selected by the board members of Leah Ryan's FEWW, and will be presented her award as part of the 2018 Lily Awards, which honors the work of women in American theater. In addition, the winner will receive a cash prize of $2,500, a workshop at the Vassar Powerhouse Theater, and a reading of her play in New York City. A stipend of up to $700 for travel and accommodation will be provided by FEWW if necessary.

    Finalists will be contacted in early March and will have one week within which to submit their full play.

    DEADLINE: January 8, 2018 

    leahryansfeww.com/apply.html

      

    JEROME FELLOWSHIP

    The Playwright Center

    INFO: The Playwrights’ Center's Jerome Fellowships provide emerging American playwrights with funds and services to aid them in the development of their craft.

    Fellows will receive an $18,000 stipend, plus an additional $2,000 in development support. Fellows spend a year-long residency in Minnesota, working in an individualized and hands-on way with the Playwrights’ Center artistic staff—some of the most experienced and connected theater professionals in the country.

    Beyond the financial stipend, the value of fellowships is more than doubled with the year-long support the Playwrights’ Center adds through workshops with professional directors, dramaturgs, and actors—and through the connections the Center makes between playwrights and producers of new work. This holistic and customized combination of financial support, access to talent, and professional connections is career-changing for most playwrights.

    Fellows commit to spending the 12-month fellowship period in Minnesota and actively participating in the Center's programs. Housing and travel are not provided.

    Playwrights may not receive more than two Jerome Fellowships.

    DEADLINE: January 11, 2018

    pwcenter.slideroom.com/#/login/program/38408

     

    INKTANK

    Rising Circle Theater

    INFO: INKtank is Rising Circle Theater Collective's play development intensive for playwrights of color. INKtank has a two-fold mission: providing emerging playwrights of color an artistic home, and creating the structure and support to refine, rewrite and reimagine a new play. After 12 weeks, the final drafts of the INKtank plays are presented at PlayRISE, a culminating play festival of new works.  

    The INKtank Lab is currently seeking 3-4 writers of color who are invested in the revision process of their own work and of their peers and the rigorous pursuit of their artistic goals.  The lab is facilitated by INKtank alums, Raquel Almazan (La Esperanza, or The Hopefulness) and Monet Hurst-Mendoza (Lilia, Veil'd) 

    INKtank alumni have been produced or developed by, and have received awards from Clubbed Thumb, Women's Project Theater, The Public Theater, New Dramatists, The Playwright's Realm, New York Theater Workshop, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, The Dramatists Guild, and The Sundance Institute, Princess Grace Award, and the National Latino Playwriting Award. They have also been featured writers on Jane The Virgin and Parenthood. 

    DEADLINE: January 12, 2018

    risingcircle.submittable.com/submit

     

    HELENE WURLITZER FOUNDATION RETREAT

    INFO: The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico provides residency grants to people who specialize in the creative arts. The foundation accepts applications from and offers residency grants to painters, poets, sculptors, writers, playwrights, screenwriters, composers, photographers and filmmakers, of national and international origin.

    The Foundation offers three months of rent-free and utility-paid housing to grantees. Our eleven guest houses, or casitas, are fully furnished and provide residents with a peaceful setting in which to pursue their creative endeavors.

    The HWF also provides academic scholarships to graduating high school seniors pursuing degrees in the creative arts.

    The Foundation offers three sessions a year: 
    • Session 1 (mid January - mid April) 
    • Session 2 (June - mid August) 
    • Session 3 (early September - early December)

    What is included in the residency?

    The HWF grants rent-free and utility-paid housing on the foundation campus, providing artists with their own fully furnished home and a peaceful setting in which to pursue their creative endeavors. The HWF places no expectations or requirements on the artists in residence; It is the gift of time and space. In addition to the casitas, the HWF campus includes the Commons House w/ wi-fi, Library, The Main House, and laundry facilities. Residents are responsible for their own food and transportation, although the Foundation does provide bicycles for artists in residence. 

    What artistic disciplines are eligible for a residency grant?

    • Visual artists: painters, illustrators, photographers, sculptors, filmmakers, ceramicists 
    • Literary artists: writers, poets, playwrights & screenwriters 
    • Music composers and songwriters

    Literary artists must submit hard-copy work samples. Include a cover sheet containing your contact info and table of contents, but please omit names and contact info on the writing samples themselves

    • Writers: samples should not exceed 35 double-spaced pages 
    • Poets: a maximum of six poems. 
    • Playwrights: include one complete play. 
    • Screenwriters: include one complete screenplay. 

    APPLICATION FEE: $25

    DEADLINE: January 18, 2018

    wurlitzerfoundation.org/apply

     

    MCKNIGHT FELLOWSHIP IN PLAYWRITING

    The Playwright Center

    INFO: The McKnight Fellowships in Playwriting recognize playwrights whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and excellence in the field, and whose primary residence is in the state of Minnesota.

    The fellowship includes:

    • A $25,000 stipend
    • $2,500 to support a play development workshop and other professional expenses
    • $1,400 in travel funds

    Past recipients include: Carlyle Brown, Lisa D’Amour, Barbara Field, Keli Garrett, Jeffrey Hatcher, Christina Ham, Cory Hinkle, Carson Kreitzer, Melanie Marnich, Greg Moss, Kira Obolensky, and Dominic Orlando.

    Applicants must have been continuous residents of Minnesota since July 1, 2017, and must maintain residency in Minnesota during the fellowship year.

    Applicants must have a minimum of one work fully produced by a professional theater at the time of application.

    DEADLINE: January 18, 2018

    pwcenter.slideroom.com/#/login/program/37175

     

    U.S.-JAPAN CREATIVE ARTISTS EXCHANGE FELLOWSHIPS

    Japan-United States Friendship Commission

    INFO: The Japan U.S. Friendship Commission offers leading contemporary and traditional artists from the United States the opportunity to spend three to five months in Japan through the U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program.  Artists go as seekers, as cultural visionaries, and as living liaisons to the traditional and contemporary cultural life of Japan.  They also go as connectors who share knowledge and bring back knowledge. Their interaction with the Japanese public and the outlook they bring home provide exceptional opportunities to promote cultural understanding between the United States and Japan.

    Since 1978, the Japan-US Friendship Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) have worked  with the Agency for Cultural Affairs in Japan and the International House of Japan (I-House) to organize the United States-Japan Creative Artists’ Program. Each year five leading U.S.-based artists, representing all genres, are selected from the United States and are provided funding to spend three months in Japan.

    This residency program allows the artists to research and experience both the traditional and contemporary artistic milieu of Japan. Artists are free to live anywhere in the country to pursue activities of greatest relevance to their creative process. While many artists chose to remain in Tokyo, others live in Kyoto or other cities, and still others work in rural settings or travel around the countryside. The International House of Japan provides in-depth orientation materials, expert advice and professional contacts, as well as logistical support during the residency period.

    Primary Eligibility:

    • Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
    • Candidates must live and work professionally primarily in the United States.
    • Candidates must be professional creative artists (contemporary or traditional) working as: architects, choreographers, composers, creative writers, designers, media artists, playwrights, librettists, visual artists and solo theater artists who work with original material (including puppeteers, and performance artists). For additional eligibility requirements, please click here.

    AWARD: A grant award of $20,000 for three months, and $28,000 for up to five months will be provided to each artist to cover housing, living and professional expenses.  Artists will be responsible for converting their U.S. Dollar award into Japanese Yen.  The Commission will also provide grantees up to $2,000 to cover the cost of their round-trip transportation to Japan.

    DEADLINE: February 1, 2018 at 11:59 EST

    jusfc.gov/creative-artists-programs/

     

     

    THEATER - DECEMBER 2017

    MCKNIGHT NATIONAL RESIDENCY AND COMMISSION

    Playwrights’ Center 

    INFO: Supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation, this program aids in the commissioning and development of new works from nationally recognized playwrights.  

    Benefits include:

    • A $15,000 commission
    • At least two U.S. round-trip airline tickets
    • Housing during the residency period
    • Up to $5,750 in workshop funds to support the development of the play
    • A public reading of the commissioned play

     DEADLINE: December 7, 2017

    pwcenter.org/programs/mcknight-national-residency-and-commission

     

    MANY VOICES FELLOWSHIP

    Playwrights' Center

    INFO: Many Voices Fellowships are awarded to artists of color with previous playwriting experience and/or training.

    Many Voices Fellowships provide an $18,000 stipend and $2,000 in play development funds. Fellows spend a year-long residency in Minnesota, working in an individualized and hands-on way with the Playwrights’ Center artistic staff—some of the most experienced and connected theater professionals in the country.

    Beyond the financial stipend, the value of fellowships is more than doubled with the year-long support the Playwrights’ Center adds through workshops with professional directors, dramaturgs, and actors and through the connections the Center makes between playwrights and producers of new work. This holistic and customized combination of financial support, access to talent, and professional connections is career-changing for most playwrights.

    Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

    Applicants may not have had more than one play fully produced by professional theaters at the time of the application.

    Fellows commit to spending the 12-month fellowship period in Minnesota and actively participating in the Center's programs. Housing and travel are not provided.

    Playwrights may not receive more than two Many Voices Fellowships. A previous Many Voices Fellowship recipient applying for a second fellowship must submit a different play than the play that accompanied the successful previous application.

    Current or past Playwrights' Center Core Writers, Jerome Fellows, or McKnight Playwriting Fellows are not eligible to apply.

    DEADLINE: December 14, 2017

    pwcenter.slideroom.com/#/login/program/38410

     

    MANY VOICES MENTORSHIP

    Playwrights' Center

    INFO: The Many Voices Mentorship is awarded to one Minnesota-based beginning playwright of color. The mentorship focuses on the nuts and bolts of playwriting through a curated package of writing and development services intended to aid the participant toward the completion of a play script.

    The mentorship provides a $2,000 stipend as well as free access to over $1,500 in services designed to introduce beginning playwrights to the craft of playwriting. These services include a staged reading with professional actors, two six-week classes taught by leading playwriting professionals, an array of one-night seminars, and a two-year Playwrights' Center membership. The mentorship recipient attends quarterly meetings with Many Voices program coordinator Christina Ham as well as scheduled consultations with other Playwrights' Center artistic staff.

    Recipients must maintain residency in Minnesota, within 75 miles of the Twin Cities, during the mentorship year.

    Current or past Playwrights' Center Core Writers or recipients of other Playwrights' Center fellowships are not eligible to apply.

    Participants may apply to repeat the Mentorship for a second year, but may not be repeat the program more than once.

    Students who will be in K-12 education programs during the mentorship year are not eligible. Students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs are eligible, provided the artist maintains a current and active professional practice of creating and presenting work to the public.

    Recipients are required to participate in at least one six-week class in the fall and at least one in the winter/spring.

    DEADLINE: December 14, 2017

    pwcenter.slideroom.com/#/login/program/38412